Paxman Academy is an 11-16 co-educational academy. It is part of The Sigma Trust, a local partnership of seven academies in North East Essex. The Sigma Trust was formally established in September 2016 and consists of 5 secondary schools, a junior school and an infant and nursery school. Paxman Academy opened in September 2019 as an opportunity to build a school with the highest expectations and aspirations from the beginning. The Academy has a STEM focus and works closely with other organisations to enhance the quality of their provision.

Like Monkwick Junior School and The Stanway School, Paxman Academy needed to exist as a stand-alone brand as well as a fluid and multi-functional identity system that complemented the existing identities of the Sigma Trust and its schools. The Paxman Academy presented an exciting challenge for the Mackman team, as it was a brand new academy with huge potential.